I Didn’t Do It
By Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest, Illustrated by Katy Schneider
Katherine Tegen Books, 2011
Dog lovers won’t be able to resist this beautifully illustrated poetry book, I Didn’t Do It. They will enjoy the romp through 14 poems depicting a pup’s day, innocently told from the pup’s point of view.
Readers will learn what it might be like to be born a pup; they’ll share in a pup’s bewilderment of seeing himself in the mirror; and they’ll know the pup likes the same things as he does, when the pup snuggles down under the covers with his human. The authors shares the pup’s heartfelt love in lines like,
“When I am grown I will keep you safe the way you keep me safe now.”
Award-winning artist Katy Schneider created beautiful oil-on-board renderings with loose, emotion-filled strokes celebrating a pup’s joy, innocence, laughter and love. Readers will enjoy the 29 soulful-looking pups sprinkled throughout the book. They will flip through the pages to see what kind of pup comes next, and then flip through again to pick their favorite, and check them again—just to be sure.